Most people earn income from a job, but passive income, pensions, Social Security, investment returns, and more are all critical sources of income that you may want to mix and match throughout your lifetime.

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Surprising Tips for a Happy Retirement

After the stress of building careers and raising kids, most people’s happiness seems to start increasing at around age 65. And, we keep getting happier until it peaks at around age 85. Want to do a little extra to make sure you have a happy retirement? Try these tips: Think About Your Death Yes, you…

July 1, 2020
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9 Tips to Help You Delay Retirement for a Happier and Wealthier Future

Reaching age 65 once meant collecting a final paycheck. But today, more Americans are trying to delay retirement – working well into the traditional retirement years not because they have to, but because they want to. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older reported being employed part- or…

June 30, 2020
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5 Steps for Defining Your Retirement Drawdown Strategy

If you’re reading this, you’re likely someone who: saves money, has built up some assets, and is starting to think about how to create a retirement drawdown strategy – a plan for how to turn your assets into income that will last for life. Having a sound retirement drawdown strategy and keeping to it is…

June 29, 2020

Retirement 101: What is Fixed Income?

The term “fixed income” can be confusing. Many adults of all ages have a reasonably steady income, whether from a salaried work position or dependable work at an hourly job. But a fixed income, at least as it applies to budgeting and investing for retirement, is something different. A fixed retirement income might sound great…

June 28, 2020
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Avoid These Jobs if You Want to Be Working After Retirement

You have heard it before: “Work in Retirement!” If you want to be financially secure, working after retirement age or working as long as possible before retirement is a good idea. Think about it, if you retire at age 65 (or before), you might be spending 30 years not working. Thirty years is a long…

June 28, 2020

Retirement Jobs: 4 Great Opportunities to Work at Home

There are benefits to going to work every day (having a place to go and people to see can keep us engaged in life in meaningful ways). What Work at Home Options Are Available to Retirees? In retirement, many of us dream of jobs with a little more flexibility. Working at home can give us…

June 28, 2020
Making the most of Social Security

6 Insider Tips for Getting the Most from Social Security

Mary Beth Franklin is a nationally recognized expert in Social Security claiming strategies, she is also a frequent public speaker. And, she literally wrote the book (Maximizing Your Clients’ Social Security Retirement Benefits) that retirement planning experts use to advise clients on Social Security. She offers you her Social Security expertise with six insider tips…

June 28, 2020

Is a Tax Sheltered 403(b) Annuity a Good Investment?

If you are an employee at a school, church, hospital, or other non-profit, then you are eligible for a “tax-sheltered annuity,” also known as a 403(b) plan. Don’t work for a nonprofit? Learn more about annuities and how to invest in them in a tax-advantaged way. History Of the 403(b) and Tax Sheltered Annuities The…

June 28, 2020
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Reverse Retirement: Find Out Why So Many Retirees Are Going Back to Work

An astonishing number of retirees “reverse” retirement – they quit their lives of leisure and go back to work either part or full time. Is retirement really not all that it is cracked up to be? Going backward is rarely a good idea, but reversing back into a compelling job can actually have far-reaching benefits.…

June 28, 2020
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Is Retirement at 65 Ridiculous?

“Retirement at 65 is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” – George Burns It seems that George Burns was onto something. More and more older Americans are working well past the traditional age of 65 and there is good reason. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall U.S. work force…

June 26, 2020
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Delay Collecting Social Security and Your Finances Will Win Big

You need to make a lot of choices in retirement.  Many people tout the benefits of investing in real estate.  However, there is a less glamorous way to use your money for better returns.  Delay collecting Social Security and your finances will win big. Money Spent to Delay Social Security Beats Buying Real Estate There…

June 20, 2020
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Retirement Calculator With Pension: Find the Inputs You Need to Plan the Future You Want

While pensions are not nearly as common as they once were, they are a very important part of the retirement plans for many of society’s most valued workers: teachers, police officers, fire fighters and more!  However, it is surprisingly hard to find a reliable retirement calculator with comprehensive pension inputs. How to Plan Retirement if…

June 16, 2020
retirement income

How to Build a Retirement Income Plan

“The most important thing you can do for your retirement is have a plan, specifically a retirement income plan. A plan covers far more than what investments to pick. Investments are the last part of the plan; the icing on the cake. They should come only after you have the main meal menu in place,…

June 6, 2020
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Lump Sum vs. Pension: What is the Better Option?

A very common question from pension recipients is: “Our employer gives us a choice of either a pension or a lump sum when we retire. What is the better choice for me?” Choosing the Pension Option How is the Pension Being Funded? Your pension may be an annuity purchased from an insurance company by your…

June 1, 2020

Podcast: Glen Nakamoto — Building a Retirement Paycheck

Episode 41 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Glen Nakamoto — retired cyber security analyst and financial planning enthusiast. They discuss how Glen built his own lifetime retirement paycheck with a guaranteed income floor using immediate annuities. Glen outlines how he built his plan and paycheck. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future…

May 28, 2020

Will Pensions Make a Comeback? (Should You Make Your Own?)

Most people categorize pensions in the same bucket as eight-track tape players, rotary phones, oversized shoulder pads and cathode-ray tube TVs — out of date.  But, pensions just might become the latest retro craze — especially those you can create for yourself! NOTE: If you are lucky enough to have a pension, the NewRetirement Planner…

May 28, 2020

Podcast: Kevin Hanney — The Past, Present and Future of Pensions

Episode 40 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Kevin Hanney about the evolution of pensions and the future of employer sponsored retirement & lifetime income solutions. Kevin is the Senior Director of Pension Investments at Raytheon Technologies (formed by the merger of United Technologies and Raytheon) where he helps oversee about $100B retirement…

May 14, 2020
Using an income floor for financial freedom

Building a Retirement Paycheck Through Retirement Income Planning

This deep dive into the concept of using an income floor to establish a three bucket plan for retirement income needs comes from Glen Nakamoto. First of all, just to make clear, I am not a financial advisor or anyone who has any background in financial planning. Before I retired, I was a cybersecurity analyst…

May 11, 2020
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Laid Off Due to Coronavirus? Here Are 9 Tips for Navigating this Uncertain Time as You Look Toward an Early Retirement (or Not)

Have you been laid off? Out of work? Considering retirement? Explore 9 tips for this uncertain time. Get through the short term and plan for the long term.

April 2, 2020
retirement jobs

14 Reasons Why Retirement Jobs Are the Best!

Retirees and other working seniors are learning that retirement jobs can be more than just work. Here are 14 reasons to consider working after retirement.

March 5, 2020
retirement income strategies

Retirement Income Strategies: 18 Ideas for Lifetime Wealth and Peace of Mind

We’ve spent our whole lives working, spending the money we earn and hopefully saving a little too. When we retire, everything we have ever experienced about managing our own finances gets turned upside down. We no longer earn as much or any money from work. We have to figure out how to make do with…

February 19, 2020
second career

Purposeful Ideas for Retirees Seeking a Second Career or a Big Life Change

Lots of people “retire” to a whole new second career or a very different way of life. In fact, for the majority of retirees, retirement no longer means pursuing a life of leisure. Retirees today are finding new purpose for their “golden years.” Some people want to change their life completely. Others just want a…

February 19, 2020

Retirement Calculator With Pension: Find the Inputs You Need!

While pensions are not nearly as common as they once were, they are a very important part of the retirement plans for many of society’s most valued workers: teachers, police officers, fire fighters and more!  However, it is surprisingly hard to find a reliable retirement calculator with pension inputs. 5 Retirement Calculators With Pension Controls:…

November 11, 2019

Social Security Benefits for Women: Avoid Making a Big Mistake

For many women, Social Security benefits are not nearly what they could be. Too many women are making a big mistake by claiming early. Why are women’s Social Security benefits typically lower than men’s? There are a few issues. Women tend to start Social Security earlier than men — lowering their monthly paycheck. The longer…

October 6, 2019

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